“The PM will today conduct a reshuffle to put in place a strong and united team to Build Back Better from the pandemic,” read a statement from Downing Street on Wednesday, adding that Johnson would be “appointing ministers this afternoon with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country.”
According to the BBC’s sources, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson will be moved to new posts.
Raab has taken criticism recently for British intelligence’s failure to predict the rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban in Afghanistan, but blame has mostly fallen on the Biden administration in Washington.
Williamson has contended with the postponement of school exams this year due to the coronavirus, and has faced questions in parliament over the fairness of the teacher-assessed grades handed out instead.
Williamson confirmed his firing in a tweet shortly after news of the reshuffle broke.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland confirmed his sacking immediately after Williamson.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick was relieved of his position following a lengthy meeting with Johnson. Jenrick’s boilerplate statement said he would “continue to support the Prime Minister and Government in every way I can.”
Others rumored to be moved are Trade Secretary Liz Truss, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Minister without Portfolio Amanda Milling, according to reports from Politico and GB News.
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